The Young Pundit…

The young pundit is an undistinguished creature. Aged between 20 and 35, he or she has little or no experience outside of media and politics. He or she studied at one of our better universities but now spends more time on Twitter than on reading books. He or she was drawn an ingroup as a teenager and absorbed its prejudices. He or she now rationalises all events with reference to these broad and shallow principles. He or she delights in the ephemeral controversies and arguments of the age and cares as much about the future as he or she knows about the past. He or she is a social animal: obsessed with gossip and feuds as a means of status seeking. He or she writes in a tone of nonchalant cynicism or earnest sincerity, and lards his or her prose with pop culture references and overwrought adjectives. His or her sentences are indistinguishable from those of a thousand other young pundits elsewhere. He or she thinks more about the themes of television serials that anything that was, is and will ever be. He or she is more passionate about food than any other aspect of civilisation. He or she wears comfortable sweaters. He or she is childless. He or she spends hour looking for that perfect GIF. He or she used to think that he or she would be the next George Orwell.


About bsixsmith

I am a writer of stories and poems - published by Every Day Fiction, The London Journal of Fiction, 365 Tomorrows and Det Poetiske Bureau - and a columnist for Quillette, Areo and Bombs & Dollars.
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